KDE Applications 15.04 RC Is Now Ready for Download and Testing

The KDE Project developers announce that KDE Applications 15.04 RC has been released and is now ready for testing. It will be a while until this is ready for shipment, but until then we’ll be able to take it for a spin.

The former organization of the KDE project is no more, and now users will notice that it has been split into several working parts, KDE Frameworks 5, KDE Plasma, and KDE Applications, to be more precise. It’s a bold move from the developer, and it requires s… (read more)

Linux Kernel 3.14.37 Is One of the Most Advanced LTS Version Available

The latest version of the stable Linux kernel, 3.14.37, has been released by Greg Kroah-Hartman, making this one of the most advanced long-term support version available for download.

LTS status for a Linux kernel version means that it gets updated for a long time, which in turn makes it ideal to implement in operating systems. Some developers prefer LTS kernels for their distro because they are proven to work over a long period of time, and they tend to be a little bit mor… (read more)

Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) Now Based on Linux Kernel 3.19.2

Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) is almost here and the developers are mostly done with the development, but the kernel team still has some time for various updates. In fact, the Linux kernel has been updated to a newer version.

The kernel freeze for Ubuntu systems comes much later than the software freeze. The developers still have a two-week window to test the latest kernel that has been implemented and to issue any patches and fix the problems that might appear in the meantim… (read more)

Ericsson’s Cloud System Platform to Be Powered by Ubuntu

Canonical has struck a three-year deal with Ericsson to power up the Ericsson’s Cloud System platform with the Ubuntu operating system.

Canonical is making a lot of headway with its Ubuntu system and has closed yet another important partnership, this time with Ericsson, which is a giant telecommunications company. Some of you might think that it’s that company that used to make phones, but in fact it’s a company that provides crucial communication services across the globe…. (read more)

Linux Mint Developers Launched a New Project Called mint-dev-tools

Not only are the Linux Mint developers working on the operating systems, they are also making sure that third-party developers  have a say in their project as well. That is why they have started to work on a new project called “mint-dev-tools,” which is aimed specifically at devs, as the name implies.

Most of the work done on the Linux Mint project is usually for users, but that doesn’t mean the developers are ignored. This latest “mint-dev-tools” initiative helps people co… (read more)

SystemRescueCd 4.5.2 Out Now with GParted 0.22.0 and NetworkManager 1.0.0

François Dupoux has announced today, March 30, the second maintenance release for his popular SystemRescueCd 4.5 Linux kernel-based Live CD operating system that can be used by system administrators for all sorts of system rescue and recovery tasks.

SystemRescueCd 5.4.2 is here with various updated packages and two new kernels. As such, the default Linux kernel has been upgrad… (read more)

HandyLinux 2.0 Beta Now Available for Download, Based on Debian 8 Jessie – Screenshot Tour

The availability of the Beta version of the upcoming HandyLinux 2.0 computer operating system was announced today, March 30, on the distribution’s website, which has been redesigned to match the look and feel of the OS.

New in HandyLinux 2.0 Beta is a new base from the upstream Debian GNU/Linux 8 Jessie operating system, the merge of the i58… (read more)

Material Design, Google Now Support and Timezone Autoupdate Will Come to Chrome OS

Google has announced a couple of days ago, on March 27, that the Chrome OS Beta channel is now open to anyone daring to test the upcoming major release of the Linux kernel-based operating system designed for Chromebooks, which will bring a number of attractive features.

The first thing you will notice whe… (read more)

Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.0 RC6, Final Version to Be Released Soon

Linus Torvalds had the pleasure of announcing today, March 29, the immediate availability for download and testing of the sixth Release Candidate (RC) version of forthcoming Linux 4.0 kernel. Apparently, some important bugs have been squashed, which means that the final Linux kernel 4.0 will be released sooner than expected.

According to the Mr. Torvalds… (read more)

Rhythmbox 3.2 Arrives with Support for Soundcloud and Numerous Improvements

Rhythmbox 3.2 has been released today, March 29. This is the second maintenance release since Rhythmbox 3.0 was announced and it brings several new features, but also fixes those annoying bugs that you’ve reported since the last stable release of the software, version 3.1, which is still used as the default music player in many popular distributions, suc… (read more)

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 603

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: Privacy and Tails 1.3News: Kubuntu prepares to roll out Plasma 5, Debian’s Project Leader election update and a web-based LibreOffice in the worksCommunity Developments: The systemd Project Forks the Linux KernelBook Review: Linux Firewalls by Steve SuehringAsk A Leader: IntroductionTorrent Corner: NethServer,….

Linux 4.0-rc6 Kernel Released

Linus Torvalds has done his usual Sunday development release to the Linux kernel…

Automatically Managing The Linux Benchmarks Firing Constantly

In continuation of this morning’s article about Turning A Basement Into A Big Linux Server Room that detailed my month-long process of building out the new Linux automated benchmark server room, here’s details on the software deployment side…

Audacity 2.1.0 Released with New Effects and Improved UI, Now Supported on Windows 8.1 and OS X 10.10

Audacity, the best open-source audio editor, has reached version 2.1.0 today, March 29, a major release that brings a great number of new features and improvements over the previous stable release. While there’s no official announcement on the project’s homepage at the moment of writing this article, we can tell you what exactly has been changed since Audacity 2.0.6.

Audacity 2.1…. (read more)

The Big Features Of The Linux 4.0 Kernel

Linux 4.0 should be officially released within the next few weeks. In anticipation of its April debut, here’s a look at some of the big features for this next version of the Linux kernel…

DebEX Barebone Is the First Debian 8 Jessie Live CD with Xfce 4.12

Arne Exton had the pleasure of informing Softpedia earlier today, March 29, about the immediate availability for download of a new build (150329) of his DebEX Barebone computer operating system derived from the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 8 Jessie distribution and built around the recently released Xfce 4.12 desktop environment.

DebEX Barebone build 150329 is now based on the upstream Debian 8 Jessie repositories as of March 29, 2015, uses a special, optimized Linux 3.18.0-8… (read more)

Turning A Basement Into A Big Linux Server Room

This week I posted about my new server room, where there’s Linux benchmarks constantly happening on the Linux kernel and other open-source code via the Phoronix Test Suite and Phoromatic. With many Phoronix readers having been interested in the basement makeover I did to turn a ugly, boring basement into a clean server room, here’s more details and pictures on the month-long renovation along with various tips and product recommendations from the experience. This server room is now almost up to 50 systems and is complete with a drink bar and projector. There’s plenty of pictures and details for those hoping to build their own personal basement server room, including a few tips for increasing the wife acceptance factor of the big project.

OpenELEC 5.0.7 Out Now with Kodi 14.2 and Linux Kernel 3.18.10, Optimized for Raspberry Pi 2

The OpenELEC development team has announced today, March 29, the seventh maintenance release of the OpenELEC 5.0 Linux kernel-based operating system for embedded devices, such as Raspberry Pi or Apple TV, transforming them into portable media centers based on the popular Kodi software, formerly XBMC Media Center.

According to the changelog, OpenELEC … (read more)

Cutegram 2.1.1 Arrives with Many Improvements, Still the Best Telegram Client for Linux Ever

We’ve introduced Cutegram 2 a while back as the best Telegram Client for Linux ever. Since then, the application received several maintenance releases and it has been updated today, March 29, to version 2.1.1, a point release that brings many cool features to the application.

According to the changelog, a smart scrollbar has been adde… (read more)

Manjaro Linux Cinnamon 0.9.0 Pre1 Has Been Beautified with New Theme and Iconset

Last time we looked at the Manjaro Linux Cinnamon computer operating system, about one month ago, when version 0.8.12 was made available for download, it was using a default Cinnamon theme with a mix of icons borrowed from the Ubuntu Linux distribution.

Since then, a first development version of Manjaro Linux Cinnamon 0.9.0 was released. While there’s no official announcement, we took the distribution for a test drive to see what’s new and to generate a nice screenshot tour… (read more)